End of Empire100 days in 1945 that changed Asia and the world.

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  • End of Japanese-sponsored Philippine regime

    17 August 1945. President José P. Laurel, head of the Second Philippine Republic since its establishment in 1943 during the Japanese occupation, had been evacuated to Japan with his family when U.S. forces closed in on Baguio in April 1945. With the surrender of Japan, Laurel issues an executive proclamation from his new home in Nara, near Kyoto, declaring the dissolution of his government.

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